There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief … And unspeakable love …
Washington Irving

After the death of a beloved, there is no avoiding the overwhelming grief or the tears. In the immediate aftermath, we may be in shock, feel numb or even be in denial about the loss. Although everyone’s timetable is different, eventually we have to acknowledge the loss and how devastated we are. No matter how painful, we must sit with our grief and all that we’ve lost in order to start healing.

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At Salt Water, we can help you learn to live with an unbearable loss. We offer ideas, strategies, tools and most importantly, hope that you can survive the death of someone you didn’t think you could live without.

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Don’t Look Away

If you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you’re hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody. Lady Gaga

The Other Side Of Silence

Silence before being born, silence after death: life is nothing but noise between two unfathomable silences. Isabel Allende

Dead tree half in the water, half out. The sky is light purple and orange with hills visible in the background. The water is dark blue and parts of it reflect the orangish color of the sky

Bearing Witness

Grief and pain are like joy and peace; they are not things we should try to snatch from each other. Glennon Doyle

Four is not five

The four of us desperately needed a change of scenery. Getting through the daily grind while emotionally struggling is exhausting. So, we snuck away to the beach as soon as the school year ended, as we have done as a family of five for many years.

John, his wife Kathleen standing to his right and his mother standing to his left. Kathleen is wearing a gray t-shirt and black shorts. John is wearing a green tshirt and tan shorts. John's mother is wearing a yellow, green and blue print blouse with a black background and teal pants. They're standing on the shore of a body of water

The Call I Never Saw Coming

That phone call….  the one I will never forget. A bad phone call to top all bad phone calls. “I am so sorry to have to be the one to tell you this, but….”

Jimmy wearing a black baseball uniform with PACERS written in light blue across his chest. He has a black baseball cap on with a script L. His left hand has a glove on it and he's holding it at chin level. His right hand is cocked back with a baseball in it.

Finding Him There

The single breath we hold on the thinnest verge of sight: not there      there. A curve nearly naked, an arc of almost, a wisp of becoming … Kimberly Blaeser

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